Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl told about 60 residents who turned out for a 7th Ward meeting Tuesday night that she hopes to name a new alderman for the ward within a week.

She said she hopes to announce the decision before she leaves town next Tuesday evening for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.

The mayor said 10 people have told her they’re interested in replacing Jane Grover as alderman. Grover resigned last month to take a job with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning.

Asked what issues she sees as most important for the neighborhood and the city in selecting a new alderman, Tisdahl stressed preserving the city’s economic and racial diversity and being careful about spending.

“We were losing third-generation African-American families, who were losing their homes to foreclosure and eviction,” Tisdahl said. “Preserving diversity is tremendously important to me, and for aldermen anywhere in the city.”

She added that “the latest numbers show we’ve stopped losing African-American families, but the number is not increasing,” despite an $18 million federal grant that provided 100 units of affordable housing.

On the budget, she said, “When we do wonderful things and spend money, the entire community has to pay.” And she suggested that higher taxes were contributing to a loss of lower income residents from Evanston.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. More of the Party Line I Assume
    It will probably make little difference who is selected. We can be assured it will be someone who tows the party line, won’t “rock the boat”, won’t apply sound economic/financial analysis, vote for more taxes, more spending, gifts to well connected [“chosen winners”] voters; will apply more regulations and infinite review processes [see new sign for St. Marys] that keep new business—and certainly manufacturing—and approve ever more “arts” venues and sweet-heart deals. All the while talking about how wonderful Evanston-but at the same time how it treats groups within the city while making life and finances more difficult for them and everyone else by higher taxes.

  2. Mayor recognizes problem with high taxes
    In all the the public statements I have heard from Mayor Tisdale, I have never heard her recognize that higher taxes were contibuting to a loss of lower income residents from Evanston. Many of the low income residents affected by high taxes are also minorities which pushes some of them out of the community which makes Evanston less diverse. So instead of taking on the entrenched interests in Evanston and lower taxes or cut waste she merrily endorses higher taxes as a fiat accompli. She also pushes for more government funded affordable housing and more government regulaions on building developers to carve out of their projects more space for affordable housing which distorts the property market negatively. My hope is that her recognition of the problem will lead to steps to reduce taxes and regulations. At least she made the first step to recognize the problem.

    1. Evanston Taxes are “Too Damn High”

      Yes, I agree Publius, this is the first time I can recall Mayor Tisdahl mentioning the impact that our high taxes are having on our community. In fact in the 25 + years I've lived in Evanston I don't recall an Evanston Mayor discuss this issue.

      Not only are lower income residents severely impacted, but also middle income residents are getting squeezed and many are leaving Evanston or not moving to Evanston. Wealthy and high income residents complain, but they are able to write the check.

      Another critically important point to mention is that it's both D65 & D202 which account for most of our real estate tax bill, almost 70%. Why oh why aren't more people asking D65 & D202 to consolidate or share their resources and save Evanston taxpayers money? People are focused on the right issue, "Evanston Taxes are Too Damn High" but they need to direct their angst towards both school districts.

  3. City income tax, anyone?
    If the mayor and city alderpersons are serious about wanting to keep a diversified community, then let them propose a city income tax on anyone who reports an adjustable gross income of more than $1,000,000 (with add backs for Schedule D & E losses on their Federal tax returns). I will hold my breath in anticipation of their response !

    1. Please don’t hold your breath

      … we'd hate to lose you as a reader.

      Illinois is one of six states that bar municipalities from imposing an income tax. When the head of the teachers union in Chicago proposed the idea there a couple years ago, the idea was DOA.

      — Bill

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